Each year, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee selects local high school students to participate in the prestigious Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors (BMYA) Teen Leadership Program and two-week mission trip to Israel.
This educational and spiritual journey allows teens to develop leadership skills, explore who they are as individuals and as a team, and learn first-hand the importance of Israel to Jews around the world.
Currently, seven local teens and two Federation staff members are in Israel as part of the BMYA Young Ambassadors program. For more information on the program, please visit http://jfedsrq.org/what-we-do/young-ambassadors.
To view more photos of this year’s trip, please visit: https://instagram.com/jfedsrq/.
GREETINGS FROM ISRAEL!
In the May issue of the Jewish News, we asked the question: What are your thoughts on the current state of anti-Semitism? We received response from those letters, including the following:
From: Iris S. Nahemow
I am replying to the comments left by Sue Jacobson. Let me begin by saying that she is a woman who has worked hard as a volunteer in the Jewish Community of Sarasota, and I therefore want to recognize her efforts and know that she is sincere in her goals of making this community and the world a better place for all.
Since Ms. Jacobson questioned the clarity of facts presented by the New College student in an earlier column, I hope she will allow me to also question some of her facts in the interest of making the atmosphere on the New College campus a safe, comfortable and civil one for all students.
Please visit www.jewcer.com/differenttogether to help The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee earn an additional $1,800 for the project.
Since 2003, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has partnered with Embracing Our Differences to exhibit billboard size images created by local, national and international students reflecting their interpretation on the diversity theme. Over the years, the popular waterfront exhibit has touched close to two million people. Inspired by the local successes of Embracing Our Differences, the Federation decided to develop a similar exhibit in Israel named Shonim B’Yachad, or Different Together in Hebrew.
More than 20 schools and community centers throughout central Israel, including Tel Mond, the sister city of Sarasota, participated in Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together. Students from every facet of Israeli society, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, submitted artwork. A panel of leading Israeli artists selected 35 of the most meaningful images to enlarge to billboard size for the Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together exhibit, which opened March 19, 2015 in Jaffa, Israel. Continue reading
Article by Daryl Deino
Some claimed to be “shocked” at the beginning of the school year when swastikas were found painted on the walls of Nock Middle School, located at the Newburyport School District in Boston. This was preceded by an anti-Semitic video made to insult a Jewish student. To be honest, with the public schools turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism and progressive educators regarding Israel with great disdain, I wouldn’t be surprised if teachers encouraged the video.
You can call me crazy, but in my experience as a public educator, anti-Semitism is rampant in the public education system. When I taught in Costa Mesa, California in the late 1990s, I particularly remember another history teacher admit that she avoids the lesson on Israel. Keep in mind that this teacher was promoted as the lead sixth-grade core teacher.